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Mint changes coins to reflect ‘the legacy of colonialism and its impact on indigenous peoples’

So out is Nobel Laureate Frederick Banting from a coin commemorating the discovery of insulin.




The Royal Canadian Mint has, under orders from the Liberal cabinet, begun to reflect “colonialism, patriarchy and racism” in historical observances, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

So out is Nobel Laureate Frederick Banting from a coin commemorating the discovery of insulin.

In is James “Skookum Jim” Mason of the Tagish First Nation in a separate coin marking discovery of gold in the Yukon.

“Public demand is high with many people collecting coins,” the Mint said in a statement Thursday

The agency wouldn’t comment on its omission of Banting, lead researcher in the 1921 discovery of insulin.

“The Mint produces commemorative circulation coins as a means to assist in the promotion of Canada’s heritage as well as Canadian values, culture and history,” wrote staff.

“These special coins engage the Canadian public while raising awareness about topics, stories and events of importance to Canadians.”

Banting was a First World War combat veteran awarded the Military Cross for heroism. He won the 1923 Nobel Prize in Medicine and sold his insulin patent to the University of Toronto for a dollar. Banting died in a 1941 plane crash.

A special-issue loonie observing the 125th anniversary of the Klondike gold rush will depict “Skookum Jim” Mason credited with finding gold in Yukon’s Rabbit Creek in 1896. The coin was designed in consultation with the Assembly of First Nations, said the Mint.

Mason died in 1916. He left an estate valued at $38,000 in probate court, the modern equivalent of $820,000.

The Klondike coin also shows Mason’s co-discoverer, brother-in-law George Carmack, his sister and a First Nations prospector Kaa Goox “set in a hilled and forested landscape,” wrote staff.

“On a hillside appears an image representing the Moosehide gathering place where the Tr’ondek Hwech’in First Nation relocated when it was displaced because of the gold rush. It has become a critical symbol representing the community’s experience.”

The Klondike coin was approved following a 2020 online survey, said the Mint.

Officials yesterday would not release pollsters’ findings.

“These coins would commemorate the significance of the Klondike gold rush on the socio-economic development of Yukon, its wide-ranging implications for the Indigenous communities that experienced it, and its role in driving the broader evolution of what would become Canada’s North,” wrote staff.

Cabinet two years ago issued a Framework For History And Commemoration stating federal observances must “confront the legacy of colonialism and its impact on Indigenous peoples,” stress “inclusiveness” and focus on “diversity of race, class, gender, sexuality, ability and religion.”

“In Canadian history colonialism, patriarchy and racism are examples of ideologies and structures that have profound legacies,” said Framework For History.

“There is a need to be cognizant of, and to confront, these legacies. This contributes to the ongoing process of truth-telling and reconciliation.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Left Coast

    May 28, 2021 at 9:36 am

    A little history lesson . . .

    SIBERIAN Immigrants of MONGOLIAN ( you recall the sophisticated, charming, Mongols?) stock who were busy sticking stone spears into one another and living on the primitive Tribal level. Of course many in Central America graduated to ritualized Human Sacrifice the Northern Sacrifices remained fireside brutalities.
    The Okunev people are seen as the Siberian ethnic grouping most closely related to Native Americans. In other words, it was ancestors of the Okunevs who populated America, evidently using primitive boats to venture to the ice-covered Beringia land bridge some 12,600 years ago.

    There was a war in the mid-1600s you’ve never heard of, ending in the near-extermination of the Erie by the Iroquois and others. Captives were sold into slavery and thus disbursed from the Cherokees in the Carolinas to the Senecas in Canada. All that remains of the Erie are place names—a lake, a city, a canal and so forth—and fugitive traces for linguists and historians to puzzle out.
    This is common. This is the way of the world. We’re all made from fragments of such disasters.

    Perhaps our Crime Minister would authorize a coin to commemorate the slaughter of the Erie “Nation” by the Iroquois?

    The Sioux may have lost millions of acres, but their total population was under 20,000 people. (For example, Montana is about 94,000,000 acres. Today, we consider it sparsely populated with over 1,000,000 people!)

    The Sioux were ruthless and brutal, more so than the US Army. Please study their inhumane slaughter of their natural enemies, the Ojibwa. The Sioux were feared by neighboring tribes due to their violence, ruthlessness, and cruelty.
    The Sioux routinely massacred, enslaved, and robbed peaceful travellers passing through SIoux territory. Today, this would be called “crimes against humanity.”

    The war crimes of the Sioux warriors against the settlers in the Minnesota uprising included bashing-in the brains of non-combatant women and children, ritual torture and corpse mutilation, cannibalism, enslavement, and even cutting living babies from the womb and nailing them to trees. This was the NORMAL treatment Sioux gave to all their enemies, mostly other native Americans.

    The Sioux were highly sexist, forcing the Sioux women to do most of the hard work while the men loafed around, hunted, and made war. Sioux women were forced to walk long distances while carrying heavy loads while the men road horseback.

    There are about ten times more Sioux alive today than there were in 1862, thanks to the evil white man’s agriculture, antibiotics, food storage, refrigeration, germ theory, sanitation, etc. In the long term, the Sioux BENEFITED from their defeat!

    Why do the weak, slow thinking Progressives always want to re-invent History?
    Today we have another group on the planet that desires the elimination of the West . . . and the Govt & Media all but ignore this . . .

  2. Barbara

    May 27, 2021 at 6:45 pm

    Kyle Kemper, Trudeau’s half brother doesn’t agree with him.


  3. Andrew Pludek

    May 27, 2021 at 6:26 pm

    Well my current purchase will be the last coin I buy because this organization cowtowed to the looney left. Instead of keeping history alive.

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Road closures as British Columbians brace for more rain

Closures will impact Highway 1, Highway 3 and Highway 99 on Saturday.




As BC braces for additional rain, the government has ‘proactively’ closed a number of highways for travel.

“We are actively responding, monitoring and assessing the many highway closures due to flooding and will continue to do so as we work with local and emergency service partners,” said the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

“Safety is our top priority while we deal with a rapidly changing and difficult situation.”

Closures will impact Highway 1, Highway 3 and Highway 99 on Saturday. The ministry said the time and duration of the closures will be weather-dependent.

“The highway infrastructure in these areas is extremely vulnerable following recent storms, and more heavy rain in the forecast poses an additional risk,” said the ministry in a press release.

“The closures of these three highways will be re-evaluated on Sunday morning, with the highways reopened when it is safe to do so.”

The release said Highway 1 will be closed between Popkum and Hope on Saturday afternoon as BC Hydro plans a reservoir release, “crucial to protect the Jones Lake Reservoir, which is also being affected by the heavy rains.”

The release explains the reservoir release will discharge water towards areas of Highway 1 that were affected during the November 14 storm.  

“This additional flow – combined with the increased precipitation and already high stream flows – poses a risk of impact to Highway 1 in the Laidlaw area.”

The ministry is bracing for further damage to Highway 1 in this area and said the reopening time cannot be determined at this stage but will be assessed by crews “when it is safe to do so.”

Highway 7 between Mission and Hope remains open with travel restrictions in place. Essential purposes for travel are defined in the travel restrictions order through the Emergency Program Act

Weather statements are in effect for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, Squamish to Whistler and the Sunshine Coast into next week. Storms are expected to bring more rain which has resulted in high streamflow advisories for all regions of the coast by the River Forecast Centre.

Ongoing road and travel updates are available on the ministry’s website.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard

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Bill to aid jurors traumatized by testimony up for vote … again

Bill C-206 would amend a 1972 secrecy law to permit jurors to disclose confidential details of deliberations for the purpose of “medical or psychiatric treatment or any therapy or counselling.”




For the third time in three years, legislators will attempt to pass an aid bill for jurors traumatized by graphic testimony in criminal courts.

“When we ask citizens to be a juror we don’t ask them to be a victim,” said Quebec Senator and bill sponsor Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu.

“There is no excuse not to adopt that bill.” 

Bill C-206 would amend a 1972 secrecy law to permit jurors to disclose confidential details of deliberations for the purpose of “medical or psychiatric treatment or any therapy or counselling,” said Blacklock’s Reporter.

Two identical bills, S-207 and C-417, lapsed in the last two Parliaments.

“That kind of bill should be a government bill, not a private bill,” said Boisvenu.

“I don’t think it’s a matter of private interest. It’s a matter of national interest.”

In 2017, the Commons justice committee recommended the Criminal Code amendment after hearing testimony from former jurors who said they quit jobs, suffered marriage breakdown and were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after being compelled to watch crime scene videos and hear testimony from coroners.

“Everyone’s mental health matters,” Ontario Senator Lucie Moncion said Thursday.

“Yet from a legal point of view, jurors are part of a special category of people who are denied complete health care. The secrecy rule prohibits a juror from disclosing information related to deliberations to anyone including a health care professional. This needs to change.”

Moncion was a juror in a 1989 murder trial and said the experience left her with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

“They show you the whole autopsy,” said Moncion.

“It was very difficult. This is still very difficult for me.”

Alberta Conservative MP Michael Cooper, a member of the 2017 Commons justice committee that recommended reforms, said delays were inexcusable.

“It should have been a no-brainer for the government to have brought this bill forward,” said Cooper indicating the bill has been “studied thoroughly.”

“There have literally been no arguments tendered against this piece of legislation.”

Cooper, in 2019, sponsored a similar bill – C-417 – that lapsed. MPs at the time noted U.S. jurors were free to discuss their experience with friends, family, psychiatrists or media.

“In the United States once a trial is over jurors are generally free to discuss the events of the trial and jury deliberations unless a specific court order bars them from doing so,” said Ontario Liberal MP Arif Virani, then-parliamentary secretary for justice.

“What that means is that jurors in the United States can talk with nearly anyone about juror deliberations including a talk show host on national television or across the Internet. This approach, which offers limited protection for juror privacy, is significantly different from the Canadian model.”

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Lock-down ignoring party host arrested again in Vancouver

“Let this be a lesson to anyone who thinks the rules don’t apply to them,” said Sergeant Steve Addison, VPD.




A man arrested by the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) earlier this year for running a “makeshift nightclub” from his downtown penthouse has been convicted of new charges.

Mohammad Movassaghi was initially sentenced to 18 months probation in April, along with 50 hours of community service after pleading guilty in BC provincial court on counts of violating a public health order and selling liquor.

The 43-year-old man hosted hundreds of party-goers to his 1,100 square-foot penthouse near Richards Street and Georgia Street, equipped with cash machines, menus, and doormen.

VPD officers arrived at one of the parties on January 31 after a “witness” reported the event. One of the alleged doormen was issued several fines, however Movassaghi refused to open the door and was defiant with police. Officers returned early Sunday morning with a search warrant and subsequently issued over $17,000 in fines for violations contrary to the Emergency Program Act.

Large quantities of cash were seized as well.

“Let this be a lesson to anyone who thinks the rules don’t apply to them,” said VPD Sgt. Steve Addison, following the January 31 arrest.

“If you are caught hosting or attending a party during the pandemic, and continue to break the rules, you could face stiff fines or wind up in jail.”

Of Addisons’ top concerns was the fact that “none of them were wearing masks.”

A GoFundMe was set up shortly after Movassaghi’s arrest, which stated he’d lost $15,000 in cash and liquor.

The campaign was shut down before it reached $300.

Judge Ellen Gordon compared Movassaghi’s actions with those of a drug dealer, specifically fentanyl — a synthetic opioid 100 times stronger than morphine. Her logic being COVID-19 can kill people, and so can fentanyl. Therefore there is “no difference.”

“What you did, sir, is comparable to individuals who sell fentanyl to the individuals on the street who die every day. There’s no difference. You voluntarily assumed a risk that could kill people in the midst of a pandemic,” said Gordon.

Fast forward to August and Movassaghi had violated the court orders again when he began hosting more parties in his penthouse, prompting a second VPD investigation leading to his arrest on Wednesday night.

He has since plead guilty of two counts of failure to comply with an order of the health officer and one count of selling liquor, says VPD.

Movassaghi has now been sentenced to 29 days in custody, 12 months of probation, and a $10,000 fine — leaving many wondering if he will switch up the location for his next party, possibly somewhere more discreet.

Reid Small is a BC-based reporter for the Western Standard

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